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The Economic Burden of Malignant Mesothelioma

Patients with malignant mesothelioma and their families are not the only ones impacted by the costs associated with the asbestos-linked cancer. There is also a societal economic burden that can run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. That is the conclusion of a new report published by Canadian occupational medicine and public health experts in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. A History of … Continue reading The Economic Burden of Malignant Mesothelioma »

Malignant Mesothelioma Risk May Eventually Plateau

Mesothelioma Incidence Among Shipbreakers

The risk for developing malignant pleural mesothelioma after asbestos exposure may not increase indefinitely. Researchers in Italy say the chances of contracting the lung-related type of asbestos cancer appear to top out at about 40 years. Unfortunately, the same is not true of peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in the abdomen. The risk also continues to increase for lung and ovarian cancer. Cancer Risk from Asbestos … Continue reading Malignant Mesothelioma Risk May Eventually Plateau »

BAP1 May Not Be The Only Gene to Increase Mesothelioma RIsk

The question of why some asbestos-exposed people develop malignant mesothelioma and others do not has been a key focus of mesothelioma research for more than a decade. We now know that a mutation in the BAP1 gene can predispose certain people to several types of cancer, including mesothelioma. This is known as BAP1 cancer syndrome. Without the BAP1 tumor-suppressing protein to keep it at bay, … Continue reading BAP1 May Not Be The Only Gene to Increase Mesothelioma RIsk »

New Mesothelioma Study: Asbestos Fiber Burden Does Not Decline With Time

Mesothelioma has one of the longest latency periods of any disease. It is not unusual for patients to develop the asbestos cancer many decades after their last exposure to asbestos. Now, a new German study offers a more detailed explanation of why that is. Although the body is adept at ridding itself of many kinds of toxins, when asbestos fibers are inhaled or swallowed, their … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Study: Asbestos Fiber Burden Does Not Decline With Time »

MicroRNAs May Be Key to Better Immunotherapy for Mesothelioma

Australian scientists say it may be possible to artificially reduce the levels of a protein that helps mesothelioma tumors hide from the immune system. The new research published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology could open the door to more effective immunotherapy treatments for pleural mesothelioma. The Importance of PD-L1 Expression A cell surface protein called PD-L1 is key to the effectiveness of several new … Continue reading MicroRNAs May Be Key to Better Immunotherapy for Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Risk Continues to Rise for Decades After Asbestos Exposure

Pleural Mesothelioma Incidence

A pair of Polish researchers have confirmed what a number of other studies have suggested – that the risk of contracting malignant mesothelioma continues to rise, even decades after a person’s last exposure to asbestos. The study was conducted by asbestos-exposure experts at the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine and included a total of 131 patients with pleural mesothelioma. Another 655 people enrolled in a … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk Continues to Rise for Decades After Asbestos Exposure »

Asbestos Sprayers Face Higher Lifetime Mesothelioma Risk

Workers whose job it was to apply spray-on asbestos insulation may be at even higher risk for lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma than other types of asbestos workers. A Finnish study of four different groups of asbestos workers found that asbestos sprayers had a standardized incidence ratio (SIR) for malignant mesothelioma as much as 100 times that of the general population. The Danger of Spray-On … Continue reading Asbestos Sprayers Face Higher Lifetime Mesothelioma Risk »

Mesothelioma Risk and the Timing of Asbestos Exposure

The timing of a person’s exposure to asbestos may play a bigger role in the development of malignant pleural mesothelioma than previously thought. A new French study has found that asbestos exposure earlier in a worker’s career appeared to raise their risk of developing pleural mesothelioma more than asbestos exposure later in their work life. Exposure Timing and Mesothelioma Risk The study evaluated the cases … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk and the Timing of Asbestos Exposure »

Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers

A new Italian study is a sobering reminder that living with someone who has worked around asbestos can have fatal consequences. Researchers examined the cases of 33 women and 2 men with malignant mesothelioma whose only known exposure to asbestos was through a family member – usually a husband or father – with a history of occupational asbestos exposure. Like asbestos-exposed workers, these family members were … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers »

Doll Making Linked to Pleural Mesothelioma

People who worked in factories that produced cloth dolls may have to be added to the list of people at risk of developing deadly malignant pleural mesothelioma. A new Italian study is the second study to draw a link between cases of the lung-related asbestos cancer and doll manufacturing. Asbestos-Related Diseases and Dollmaking The new study utilized data from the Province of Brescia Mesothelioma Registry, … Continue reading Doll Making Linked to Pleural Mesothelioma »

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